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ANCHORS AND SAILS: Words matter
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ANCHORS AND SAILS: Words matter

“Words matter, and the right words matter most of all. In the end they’re all that remain of us.” ---John Birmingham This quote is what I would call "preaching to the choir" because who could possibly disagree that words matter? Perhaps they aren't all that will be left of us after we're gone, but what we say in this life will be a huge part of our legacy. Do writers have a monopoly on knowing what to say and how to say it? Trust me; we don't. My father started out as a chauffeur and wound up running his own construction company. He wasn't a writer, but he was known for always knowing exactly what to say. He could come up with the right words for almost any situation, written or spoken. It's an old family legend that when he was running for the school committee in Nahant, his oppone...
EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY: The power of ‘And’
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EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY: The power of ‘And’

In these divisive times, I find myself searching for that place on the human Venn diagram where we can connect, find common ground, calm anger down. I try to visualize what else besides the Venn circles overlapping would be a good symbol for mutual respect, which is essential to compromise, such as bridges or handshakes, when I see it literally right in front of me. The ampersand, symbol of that simple grammar bridge, “and.” Like much of my most loved home decor, the wooden ampersand that sits on top of my bookcase near my writing desk was purchased at Home Goods. Its prominent place in my favorite room acts as a nudge, reminder, guide to something I learned long ago – “and” is a superior bridge to understanding and connection than “but.” Here are some examples. The recent spate (upon ...
LETTER: ‘This (reportorial) porridge is just right’
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LETTER: ‘This (reportorial) porridge is just right’

As a one time journalist, broadcaster, avid consumer of news and fifty year resident of this "blessed" community let me paraphrase Goldilocks, "Ahhh, this (reportorial) porridge is just right, she said happily and she ate it all up." So did I. News you can really use. Local to a fault. Professional, pertinent writing with a clean look and appealing photography. A subtle double entendred name. Oh, all that on real paper delivered to the door and somehow non-profit. Democracy and the Town can't work without it. - Respectfully, Jerry Wishnow, Bubier Road
COLUMN: Local actions have global consequences 
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COLUMN: Local actions have global consequences 

Over the past several weeks, the United Nations Climate Conference COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, has highlighted how our actions here at home affect global climate, impacting countries rich and poor throughout the world. At this contentious summit, developing countries — where the biggest climate damages are — criticized wealthy nations — which caused the problem by burning coal, oil and gas — for not helping to rescue them from the worst impacts of a warming planet. And, although compensation to developing nations is important, critics are also saying that the U.S. and other large polluters should be focused, first, on cutting their OWN carbon pollution. A recent Marblehead letter to the editor echoes this sentiment. The letter writer called church bell ringing to sound the alar...
ANCHORS AND SAILS: Haul out the holly
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ANCHORS AND SAILS: Haul out the holly

“It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”---Agnes M. Pharo This quote was written to reference Christmas; I looked it up. However, it could apply to almost any holiday. Easter? Absolutely. Memorial Day? No question. Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah? Completely. What holiday isn't about tenderness, courage, and hope for the past, present, and future? OK, perhaps St. Patrick's Day, at least the way many celebrate it, but as someone who is 100 percent Irish, I can say with certainty that it's about all that and more.  As we head towards colder weather and the holiday season, there is much to do. Many homes will host dozens of rel...
EDITORIAL: You have questions. We have answers.
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EDITORIAL: You have questions. We have answers.

A few weeks ago, Marblehead’s only non-profit newspaper rebranded as the Marblehead Current, rolling out a fresh, distinctive look across our website, social media presence and every other point at which we reach Marbleheaders. Today, we add to the family our first weekly print edition. In so doing, we join the ranks of only a handful of papers that have served this town throughout our history. Welcome to a proud Marblehead journalistic tradition, Marblehead Current! We’re thrilled with the reception and enthusiasm we’ve gotten from the community, and wanted to take the opportunity to answer some of the most common questions we’ve been hearing. Question 1: Is this the paper we have already been getting in the mail?No, that’s the Marblehead ...
EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY: Thanksgiving at home
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EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY: Thanksgiving at home

Virginia Buckingham serves on the Marblehead Current’s Board of Director. Buckingham is formerly the chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority, chief of staff to two Massachusetts governors, deputy editorial page editor for the Boston Herald and author of 'On My Watch A Memoir.' 'Everything Will Be Okay' will be a weekly column.  “Think about whence you came, where you are going and to whom you must account.” – Benjamin Franklin I’m thinking about the meaning of “home” this Thanksgiving season. I’ve lived in Marblehead for 25 years, and, without question, consider this beautiful place home. Yet, like many of our 20,000 residents, I made this my home after a move or two from other states, other cities, other towns. I bought my first house here but took my f...
Marblehead Garden Club update, wreath sale kicks off Dec. 3
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Marblehead Garden Club update, wreath sale kicks off Dec. 3

The Marblehead Garden Club is putting the garden at the Lee Mansion to bed, just in time to start prepping for a green and festive holiday season. This year’s Christmas Walk activities for the MGC include the popular wreath sale and a Christmas tree in a special (and surprising!) location.  The weather made the summer challenging, and it was a busy season for the MGC. In addition to protecting plants from drought conditions and ravenous rabbits, there were many new additions to the Garden. In the ongoing effort to only use native or historic plants, the Club chooses replacement plants that the Lee family could have had in the original garden. 2022 plantings include an American Hornbeam, Rhododendron maximThm, Ilex glabra (Inkberry), a Redbud Tree, Mountain Laurel, and Rosa virginiana....
ANCHORS AND SAILS: Saying ‘no’
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ANCHORS AND SAILS: Saying ‘no’

'Don't say maybe if you want to say no' - Ryan Holiday No.  See how that works? It's one word, but I checked Grammarly and everything; it's a complete sentence. Lately, though, it's been a challenge for me to say no to certain requests, and it's hard to figure out why. First, my family and friends know that if they need something, come get me. Saying no when someone is in a bind, whether it's a ride, a quick meal, a chat, or an errand, isn't in my vocabulary. People who know me know me well enough to feel comfortable asking, and I'm so glad about that.  But then there are the other times when someone asks us for something. The times when it's not an emergency, it's not a dear friend who needs help, it's just a situation where a person wants you involved. Maybe it's an extra ...
LETTER: Yes on Question 1
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LETTER: Yes on Question 1

Question 1 on The Fair Share Amendment would add an additional 4% tax on that portion of your income that is above a million. Only 1% of Massachusetts citizens are fortunate enough to be in this category. Some voters have reasonably asked though, do we really need this increased revenue. Indeed the ARPA funds are extremely helpful but they are short term. The Fair Share Amendment would provide a consistent stream of revenue constitutionally mandated for investments in transportation and education. Massachusetts transportation infrastructure needs are well documented. While we will benefit from the recent federal Infrastructure bill, there will also be a competitive pool of grants for major projects, but we need to leverage state funds to get federal dollars. In terms of education...